The Shadow of Eligio Cedeño

Quico says: “Take Eligio Cedeño,” The Contact says, “to this day, I’ve never been able to figure out exactly how he fucked up.” We’re sitting in one of these swank East Side restaurants whose ongoing existence don’t seem to jive at all with the extremist discourse coming out of Miraflores. After another sip of his…

The view from your window: Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden. 5:49 PM. Send us the View from Your Window: caracaschronicles at fastmail dot fm, or nageljuan at gmail dot com. Please ensure the window frame is visible, and tell us the place and time the picture was taken. And don’t try to “pretty it up” – just show us what you see when…

Roy Chaderton: manipulative liar

Juan Cristóbal says: – These days, chavista diplomacy goes from one embarrassment to the next. On the heels of giving Lybian dictator and major headcase Muammar Gaddafi our country’s highest civilian honor, Venezuela’s Ambassador to the OAS, Roy Chaderton, has falsely accused Venezuela’s opposition of officially recognizing the Micheletti administration in Honduras. Speaking in no…

Cadiva Chronicles

Juan Cristóbal says: The government’s multi-billion dollar subsidy to the upper-middle classes, in the form of artificially cheap dollars, is an ongoing focus of this blog. This twisted social program we like to think of as Misión Cadivi has made billionaires out of a handful of arbitrageurs and seeded distortions throughout our economy. But one…

The view from your window: Harare

Harare, Zimbabwe. 8:30 AM. Send us the View from Your Window: caracaschronicles at fastmail dot fm, or nageljuan at gmail dot com. Please ensure the window frame is visible, and tell us the place and time the picture was taken. And don’t try to “pretty it up” – just show us what you see when…

Tightening the noose

Juan Cristóbal says: When the government’s “Media Responsibility Law” forced all radio stations to allocate five and a half hours of broadcasting per day to programming made by “independent national producers,” many decried the move as one more step toward the end of press freedom in Venezuela. Since this didn’t pan out quite so dramatically,…

Graduating Out of the Axis of Annoyance

Quico says: It’s tempting to dismiss Rodrigo Sanz’s revelation that Iran is collaborating with Venezuela in an effort to secure high grade Uranium in Santa Elena de Uairén as mere posturing, or even just a slip of the tongue. That would be a serious mistake. I believe Friday’s announcement will come to be remembered as…